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It has been quite an eventful week! The last time I posted was Saturday, and I was feeling bummed because of the rain. Since then I’ve run twice, and both times have gone pretty well. Monday I finished W10D3 of the 10k trainer, and it was a pretty standard day.  Yesterday, instead of working, I went to Clarion to do Animal Assisted Therapy with Ava! It was pretty cool. I was feeling kinda off the whole day, and I think I was just anxious about how she would behave on our first time as volunteers.

ImageAs you can see, she ate it right up. She did great! I was so proud. I think she was possibly even a little sick of all of the attention toward the end, because the group stayed around that size or larger for the whole hour, and by the time it was almost time to go, she would face away from the group instead of look for newcomers. I can’t blame her though. It is exhausting being the center of attention so long! And all those strangers kept kissing her and hugging her and she put up with it… Man. She is awesome.

ImageHere we are before we went in. My mom came with us and took a bunch of pictures on my phone, which is totally cool. Ava is totally in love with my mom too, which is why she looked at the camera! Usually she looks away, the darn sassy girl. She may get her sass from me 😉

Tonight, my run was okay. It was W11D1 of the 10k trainer, so it was 6 minutes more running than last week. I really hustled for the last 8 minutes, which is great, but I was feeling really tired around mile 2. I have this big interview tomorrow so I was trying to rehearse for it in my head to take my mind off of the run, but it didn’t work as well as I hoped. After the first mile I felt good, at mile two I felt crappy, and after mile 3 I felt really good again. Its so weird how my body is handling these longer runs. I officially did 9 laps, which equals out to 3.6 miles. I could tell I really slowed down for the second set of 17 minutes, because I should have been running at least 3 laps for each set, and the second one I barely made it. The first and third were very good though. It felt really good to pick up the pace at the end, too, so maybe I’ll try to do that for my last lap all the time now. Its weird because each run I feel differently. For example, on Monday, I felt really good after mile 1… but before that I was tired and wanted to quit. Today, mile 1 was fine, but I was dying around mile 2. So unpredictable.

I think part of the problem was what I ate yesterday on my trip to clarion. I was planning to go out to dinner with my mom to my favorite restaurant in Clarion, the Pizza Pub, so I was trying to save my calories for the ultra unhealthy steak salad (complete with cheese and french fries). Unfortunately, I ate my usual breakfast at like 10:30am, and we weren’t planning to do dinner until like 5:30. I didn’t bring any snacks, and so I reverted back to past behaviors on the drive… and stopped at Taco Bell. I didn’t overeat which is good, but I still pretty much set myself up for that. I mean, by not bringing snacks, I was setting myself up to do that. I think I was actually hoping for a reason to stop, but didn’t want to admit it to myself. When we go back this weekend, I’m gonna make sure I have a nice, safe plan. Also, Jared will be in the car, and I like to remain strong in his eyes. Hey, any kind of motivation is good motivation… right?

Anyways, yesterday in combination with our trip to the Pirates game with my parents on Sunday may add up to a crappy weigh-in on Friday. When I woke up this morning, I was having trouble finding motivation to remain on my diet. Part of the problem was that I’m starting to really notice the changes in my body because I can fit into ALOT of my old clothes… and when I noticed that, it planted the little seed in my head that I’m good. I don’t need to go any farther. Obviously, weighing 245lbs is still not healthy, so this isn’t true, but its still in my mind. I’m hoping that recognizing that this is a thought distortion is going to help. Something else that will help is having a more structured day-job. I have two interviews this week, and I’m hoping that at least one of them will offer me the job, meaning more regular hours, and none of this 3am bullshit. Although my current job has made it nice for me to run on my breaks, those days are over, as this week starts a 64 minute workout. Add that to 5-10 minutes changing and I’m WAY over my lunch break limit. I need to start running when I’m home. Tomorrow I cant, so I’m gonna try to after that.

My plans for Spain have changed, which may be another reason I’ve lost some spunk. We’re gonna try to go to Vegas instead, but last time we planned that, it didn’t happen because the flights filled up. 😦  I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen again because I fit into some of the semi-skanky dresses that I have from when I was younger, and I really want an excuse to go out and feel good about myself. I know that those dresses don’t have very many appropriate venues, but Vegas is definitely one of them. So, although I’m really bummed about Spain, I’m feeling hopeful about Vegas. Knowing I have to wear a mini dress in two weeks will hopefully keep me motivated for at least that long, as well as remind me that I’m doing this for a reason!

The week we get back should be my last one on the 10k planner too, which is pretty exciting.  I can’t believe my stamina has increased so much, and I’m really surprised that I’ve been able to stick to something for so long! This is my 11TH WEEK of running. That is nearly three months of setting a goal and sticking to it! That is freaking incredible! I need to think of this whenever I’m getting a little tired or bored with the program, because I don’t want to have to start it over EVER again. Only being able to run 60 seconds at a time is really embarrassing. Being able to run 52 minutes out of 55 is really cool. Even if I’m only going 3.6 miles in that much time, it is definitely an accomplishment to be able to keep going, even when I don’t want to or think I can’t. Ahhh, positive thinking! I feel even a little better just from writing this post. 🙂

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Easter Weekend

Well, its been nearly a week since I last posted. Lots of things have happened, including spending the weekend on the other side of the state with my in-laws! It wasn’t a perfect weekend by any means, but it was nice to have a break from my real life for a while and just go with the flow. I always fall in love with my husband all over again when we go to his family’s house, too, because he is such a family man and that is something I LOVE about him. He always spends a ton of time with our nieces and nephews just doing what they like to do, which is totally cool. It’s just great to see him happy… and to see some daddy practice. 🙂

This was my first whole weekend away from my healthy lifestyle. I didn’t have any snacks with me and I didn’t go run any of the days we were gone, which is quite a surprise. I was worried that I was going to actually gain weight that week, so I weighed myself Friday morning before my last day of internship, and then again Monday, the morning after we got home. It turns out, I actually kept the same weight over the weekend, which was at about 251lbs… which is a total success!

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I had some sweets and ate two different Easter dinner, but I didn’t overdo it at all. I only ate when we had our meals, and just tried to be mindful of my own hunger so I didn’t overeat just because I felt like it. I’m really proud of myself! I managed to lose two more pounds over the last week even through a few ‘cheat days’ and stressful things. I didn’t even celebrate the end of school by overeating, which is definitely something to be proud of. I could overeat to celebrate anything, so its really great to be able to hang in there even through good times and bad. I’m gonna start my weigh-in days on Friday’s for right now, so we’ll have to see how it goes this week. I’m hoping to be under 250 by Friday because it will be so great to see 40’s on the scale for the first time in over a year (I think).

Its also been pretty easy for me to get back into the groove of things this week, even after taking a whole weekend off of my healthy habits.  I was thinking it might be tough to start counting again after taking two days off, but Monday morning I got right back into it without missing a beat. It is awesome. I also am able to get as much sleep as I want at night right now because I don’t have anything but work this week. It is great to just be awake 11 hours for work and then be home sleeping however much I want, because I don’t have like 20 hours in a day to eat. Its amazing what those 9 extra hours of not-eating do for the calorie count at the end of the day!

Last week I finished the C25k workout series! Woop woop!

ImageI was supposed to finish it on Wednesday, but I went out to run and didn’t really feel like it. My knee was sore and I was tired, and I just didn’t WANT to run. So, I did some crossfit stuff instead (lunges, squats, etc), and then finished it on Thursday instead of Wednesday. I was pretty beat Thursday too, but I pushed through because I wanted to be able to say I finished it in the amount of time I was supposed to, even though I thought I wouldn’t last past week 3! I’m really proud that I’ve been able to do this whole thing. Eight weeks and thirty pounds have passed, and I can run over two miles without stopping. That is just incredible. I’m still feeling like I’m going strong… and I’ve started doing the 10k program this week! The first week has 4 reps of 10mins jogging and 1 min walking. I started it yesterday and the app got fucked up in the middle, so I just ran 1.5 miles and did some stretching instead of trying to start it over. I got pretty frustrated when it screwed up and I wanted to just be done. Today, I tried again and it worked (thank god), but it was HARD! The first two reps were pretty good, and I had 4 laps done at 20 minutes, which is one lap shy of two miles. I knew that I couldn’t keep that pace up because I was starting to get tired, but I did manage to finish right around 7 laps total, so I hit just under 3 miles for the whole run. I’m glad that I could finish, but it was pretty exhausting. That is 10 minutes longer than the last run that I did last week, so it makes sense that I was beat, but it helped to have the 1 minute walking parts in the middle.  I was able to check the times and just focus on making it to the next walking set, and because I have been doing 35-30 minute runs with no break, anything less than 10 minutes feels very doable. I checked my times and I’m at about 12 minute miles, which is pretty good for me. When I first started this whole thing, I was doing like 20minute miles, so this is definitely a big change. AND I can do two miles without too much trouble at 12 min/mile pace so I’m just feeling really accomplished this week.

In other news, I have an interview at a counseling agency tomorrow that I’m really excited for! I also got a call back from another place I applied but I have to get a hold of them tomorrow to set up a time to meet. This is exciting stuff because I really want to get a job right out of the gate. I need to accrue hours to get my license in the next two years, so getting a full-time job will be AWESOME for that. Eeeek!